Summary: Chip above does not actually own one of these cases and is lying about it. My LG combo drive does not fit in the case properly and it is not a question of installation error but rather design of the case.
Pros: Best looking case on the market. Can hold many hard drives. Imon software can give you MCE functionality even though you're running a basic home version of Windows. Imon remote is nice looking, has mouse functionality. Takes an ATX MB.
Cons: Does not fit LG HD-DVD/Blu-Ray combo drive - the open button does not align properly and the drive is nearly impossible to install so that the drawer does not stick or get blocked on the edge of the facia instead of pushing the faceplate slot out. The VFD digital display has very squirrely connec...
Summary: Be patient when putting in components. It will take quite a lot of labor to put in high end components but the rewards are worthwhile. I used colored candlewax to cover the holes that the power and hdd leds shine out of. They are way too bright uncovered. Candlewax is neat and solves the problem.
Pros: Case is made quite sturdy. The VFD display is userfriendly and fits in place. The included remote makes any HTPC setup complete
Cons: The case is extremely cramped for a full atx setup. However, it is possible for those with good wire management skills. you will have to have a PCI-Express slot in the bottom sixth expansion slot in order to fit in a high end graphics card (i have an Nvidia 8800 gts 320). 80mm fans are loud.
Summary: If you frequently fiddle around with your components or upgrade periodically, this case will be a pain in the behind. Get a larger case and preferably one with the ODD cage to the left or right of the expansion slots if you plan to use a high end video card. Three eggs for it's good looks.
Pros: Lighter than expected, fits standard ATX motherboards, nice cooling features, looks sturdy.
Cons: This case is extremely cramped. It seems Silverstone manufactured this product without considering cable management issues that end users would face. There is just enough room to fit all components and little left to route cables around. With a standard ODD installed, you cannot put in a high end...
Summary: It was a nice case but i'd want lighter. In fact i went lighter for my next media pc. Also went with a mini-itx board which is the way to be greener. Less power and smaller profile. For a front-end media player (I use MythTV), mini-itx would be perfect.
Pros: Neat looking case for a media center pc. It fits atx and smaller (I had a mini-ATX) and several hard drives and one external 5.25 bay for a dvd player/burner. The display on the front is neat and remote built in is nice. A lot of online support for it (but I didn't pursue that too much).
Cons: Heavy as hell. Really doesn't need to be 30 pounds. It's also expensive as hell but I guess that's normal for media center pc's. The documentation wasn't the best given the fact that it has a lot of media related extras but they can be found (or explained more) online. The most annoying thing fro...
Summary: The system isn't as quiet as it should be, but I think that is mostly the video card. The case is really nice, I only give it three stars because it should be better for the price, and the major sellin point of the VFD/IR module isn't what it could be.
Pros: Looks great, fits in my TV stand. I wouldn't want it any deeper despite the problems others have fitting video cards in.
Cons: The VFD is nice but hard to read from a comfortable viewing distance. I was unable to use a Hauppauge remote with the built in IR receiver under linux/lirc, and the dpad on the included remote is not very good for HT, so I am using the hauppauge remote with its own IR receiver.
Summary: I had such high hopes for this case, but thus far, I have been very dissapointed. The build of the case is great, it fits right in with home theather equipment. The VFD and Remote are also a great addition... or at least, they are supposed to be.